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at a place for young classical musicians. we begin out of asia where passenger jet has disappeared. air asia left indonesia airport at 5:20am local time en route to singapore. it lost contact with a ground control 42 minutes after takeoff. we have this report. >> reporter: at the airport in surabaya, people await news of their loved ones. 162 passengers and crew were on board air asia flight qz 8571.
it lost communications with traffic control. >> translation: i hope for a miracle. may god save them all. i should have been with them. i cancelled. i had something to do. i have two friends and five family members. >> reporter: indonesia's disaster management authority set up a crisis center at the airport to relay developments. >> we are widening our search rescue. we have informed sea and coast cards to be on standby and relay. >> those waiting for the same information, the plane lost contact as it flew over the java
sea. the pilot requested a changed course due to weather. but it trails two other aviation tragedies this year both involving the national carrier. in march mh370 disappeared with 285 people, it's still missing. in june mh17 from amsterdam was shot down over ukraine, killing all 298 people on board. asia never lost a plane before. search and rescue is in full swing and many hope it remains let's take a closer look at whether the weather may have played a role in this with the weather expert riches.
we though that south-east asia is experiencing severe monsoon weather at the moment. could weather have played a part in the disappearance. >> it's a possibility. from the reporting around malaysia and indonesia, as we look at the satellite you can see the massive crowds and on root the pilots would have been flying through a line of clouds kum u low limb bus cloud. i'll show you two charts that don't lend well to television. the first is a weather bloom. it goes up through the atmosphere measuring temperature and humidity. these go all the way from the surface up to 50,000 feet. it indicates that the airways saturated. what it tells me is the way it's leaning back you have kooum u low lim bus cloud. the other chart is a forecast chart which we would use.
and you can see the scalloped area showing the tops of the cloud in excess of 50,000 feet and the forecast. it's 50,000 feet, 53,000 feet. the forecast suggests that the clouds were difficult to ply over. they requested an increase in altitude from 32 to 38. 53,000 feet there's no way that would happen it's a case of trying to pick up the turbulence, maybe it was a little late or less than was the case. >> thank you for that. thank you for getting us through. the weather forecast situation. let's get more from chris united states an independent aviation expert joining us from manchester united england. there's a request from 32,000
feet to 38,000 feet, and this is due to bad weather as richard had been explauning. plain -- explaining. would it have been enough to ensure the plane had turbulence. >> if the kum u low nimbus cloud was up to 30,000 feet not necessarily. it might have been slightly smoother air. so doubtful that that climb in and of itself could have taken the aircraft out of the weather conditions at any time. >> we know too, chris, that the plane is six years old. could such a plane be affected by bad weather. >> yes. craft are afflicted by bad weather all of the time. depends on how severe the weather conditions were at the time. when taking off, the pilots
would obviously have taken all whether information en route and would like to - or try to choose an appropriate weather pattern. nothing is foolproof in this area of the world, the equatorial region that is notorious to the bad weather, anything could have happened. >> we know there's a search and rescue team out over the java sea. this year when mm-hmm 370 disappeared, there was a lot of talk in the aftermath about trying to transpond to transmissions. search and rescue mission would try to find that now. >> pretty much so.
i think with the passage of time from the aircraft to losing communication with african control to now, there's zero chance that the aircraft could possibly be flying. now it's a search operation perhaps a rescue operation after hitting the surface of the water. it seems likely that it has. it seems likely that there is great loss of life but having said about the transporters for the aircraft a full search will continue for as long as it takes to identify where those pieces of wreckage are and then lift those pieces of wreckage to the
surface, read off the data the information that they have. >> thank you so much for joining us. independent aviation analyst from manchester. in other news afghanistan - a ceremony is being held marking the end of n.a.t.o.'s combat mission. let's look at how things will change on the ground. from january the 1st. the u.s.-led force will be replaced. this has been one of the worst years. there has been more than 3,000 killed to the end of 2014. >> reporter: at the height of the mission, n.a.t.o. 140
people in afghanistan - 13,000 forces, afghan security forces had to fill the void. and there is still heavy fighting even now in the winter months, particularly in the south this week. >> helmand is afghanistan's deadliest province in the provincial capital, the people are nervous. >> to this man came here four months ago. there was fighting in his home in the north of the thousands of families fled. >> translation: fighting meant the first harvest and second has been missed. people have lost their homes, they are targeted by roadside bombs and face many threats from the insecurity. >> this is a victor of war. intense fighting kept her from getting to a doctor. the lucky ones end up here an
emergency hospital. there's only one that lost a leg. they are fighting to save the other one. the painstaking search for shrapnel was the gunshot victim. the hospital accepts it no questions asked. sam is a policeman from sanguine. the fighting has never been dispatched. >> angin is a dangerous area. there are thousands of kinds of taliban there. all of san gin is with taliban. the government controls the roads, none of the villages. >> this is a member of the intelligent forces another distribute with heavy fighting. >> i'm worried. i have four brothers all with the government. a live fight for the country. >> proof that the fight is hard. the word are full.
even though the fighting slows at this kind of here. there has been so many casualties. when it's really busy using the outdoor tents as triage. a rare attack in lashkar gar killed at least seven. the fire fight lasted hours. those from the village say civilians are caught in the middle between taliban and government forces. they don't care who they hurt. civilian casualties were at a record high. the fighting is not limited south. there's fighting with the taliban going on particularly the province. it's not just security a concern for the afghans. by now, there would be an established government. the president ashraf ghani took
office three months ago. he and the chief executive officer failed to come to an agreement on the cabinet. afghans are worried about security as they are about political instability. >> a political analyst joins us now. thank you so much for making it on the show. jennifer was explaining the situation in afghanistan, that it is still at the moment. we have the n.a.t.o. combat mission becoming a training mission for the afghan forces. what do you think would be the priority. >> well, first of all, i would like to remind you the process started almost two years ago. saturday was certainly a ceremony in kabul. they have taken responsibility in many parts of the country,
and because of the last two years. this is where the raut of casualty - afghans are taking full responsibility for the ground against the taliban. certainly, the most important factor security forces the continuation of technical support, financial support, which is important in order to keep the moral afghan forces high and support them with a needed technical and logistical support, and that is an important factor. because it was difficult to have on the high mountains. the afghan security forces don't have the capacity or excuses to support the unit in those places. this is why we need support of n.a.t.o. for another few years in afghanistan. >> what is the most - what is the most is after 13 years of an
n.a.t.o. combat mission, afghanistan is still very unstable in terms of its security situation. it then begs the question what has the combat mission achieved? >> we have to look at relative terms in afghanistan. we have to take care. during the 1990s, if you look at the - in relative terms, we have determined this achievement. by - in 2001, when the taliban regime collapsed we did not have security forces. the institutions did not exist. we have been able to rebuild important institutions. and the afghan security forces - indeed, if we compare with the amount of money spent, and the
numbers of forces received in the past 13 years, certainly in terms of that. many people particularly in the west, and for afghans, we believe we need for - to look for some improvement and disimprovment come in terms of gradual - for rapid change and bigger spending. certainly afghanistan was not something that - certainly caused many other problems in the country. >> thank you for sharing. speaking to us from kabul. >> there's nor come on this newshour including... [ ♪ music ♪ ] ..we meet a displaced family in iraq. plus helping expecting mothers - giving women in south
africa a direct line to expert advice. >> and we'll tell you about a new record, most prestigious in the world, the sydney to hobart. details in sport, later on the programme. in malaysia 150,000 have moved around areas. towns are under water, and relief work. we have this report from one of the worst-affected areas. >> reporter: this is all that is left. five years ago she and her husband poured their life savings into the internet cafe. today it's waist deep in water, along with the family home.
they fear their business will never recover. >> i have enough money to reboot my shop. i hope there is a way. many in malaysia's nearby peninsula are worried as floods engulf eight states. rains forced tens of thousands of people to flee from their homes, and seek shelter in camps like the high school. they walked 2km with a 12 day old son. after it emerged in a matter of hours. >> the government rule in this situation. they should concentrate the efforts on moth erts that have just given birth like me. there's a lack of drinking. many malaysians say the government has been slow to
respond to the disaster. hundreds of volunteers are trying to feel the gap. many are distributing food. drinking water and money. clinics are being set up. >> usually we worry. it is due to inadequate hygiene. it is a great thing actually. >> while urban areas have access to relief supplies remote communities are facing shortages. they have promised 157 million to help rebuild their lives, but there were immediate concerns, many are stranded in their homes sri lanka has been hit hard.
at least nine people were killed in landslides, and the others missing. heavy rain destroyed over 3,000 homes. more than 6,000 people have been displaced. >> our correspondent visited a sri lankan town. how bad are the floods where you are? >> here which is on the north-western coast. there has been heavy rain. the local waterway had burst its blanks flooding the surrounding areas. as you see behind me the homes under 3-4 feet of water. like the main highways the water seemed to have receded. the moment you turn off the main lanes and go down some of the side street you find a minimum of 3-4 foot of water. you have essentially people that have come to the road. that's the only area with dry
land. in addition, there are many hundreds of people housed in welfare centers, centers that have been set up. so in terms of the flooding itself, the waters are receding. very much in the internal parts, we are still seeing a lot of flooding with a lot of water yet to recede. >> we are hearing reports of landslides that are just making the situation worse. what are you hearing? >> that's right. a short while ago we went to the disaster management center who say the threat of landslides in the central part of the country, the uber province that's where we had claimed the vast majority of fatalities during the weather spell. 14 were killed within the bubble
there is a real threat that the landslides - there's a lot of people in vulnerable areas. there has been stretches of houses. and they are still keeping an eye on people going to be in areas that may come and assure us that they are keeping an eye on the situation that if the threat persists they'll move these people as well. overall, the picture is that things will go away and the problem will go away. in terms of rain there's heavy rains that are predicted overnight. also we are hearing for the first time about flooding out of the districts, towards the east all of those places with the north central province the agricultural heartland are under water. the water is spilling over one
of sri lanka's north rivers. it's not very positive at this age. >> thank you for the update. telling us about the situation, the flooding situation in sri lanka. >> meanwhile, snow stranded more than 50,000 in the french alps and thousands are heading to ski resorts in the savoy region. emergency shelters have been opened declared a severe weather alert. let's go to the weather with richard. i want to take you back to the disappearance of the air asia flight. we know there's a search and rescue mission. is the weather hampering the mission. >> it's not going to help it. the story is linked it's part of the monsoon. it's heading toward the west and sri lanka. you can see more rain coming in
on the trade winds. the north-east. very wet weather all along the region. i don't see it. 24-48 hours. the situation is not great. talking to the snow then the situation across europe has been looking nasty. it's an area of low pressure deepening across the u.k. down across france and the u.k. experienced a bit of destruction. we had all sorts of problems across the east of france. so many heading to christmas and new year's snow. there has been a lot of problems there, and also across germany. the mountains. that system continued. you can see the snow associated with the northern edge of it. a bad whether. that system pushes further to the east.
amalgamates and around the black see we see heavy snow. and blizzard conditions for the random-like sea. >> thank you. in other news two greek firefighting ships have been sent to help a ferry that's on the adriatic sea. it's carrying 478 passengers from western greece and was heading to the italian border. over 200 vehicles are on board. people are being transferred to nearby boats. joining us by the phone is a journalist in athens and she is monitoring the story. what more can you tell us about the latest on the rescue mission? >> this is complicatedment visibility is poor. it is diff. they are working together and managed to rescue 35 out of the
478 passengers on the arctic. reports are saying that the fire that broke out has not spread to the whole chip. it's making the rescue mission a little more optimistic. they'll be able to save the passengers on board. as you mentioned earlier, the ship was travelling to italy, and of course according to reports in greece they have surrounded the desire in order to help contain as much as possible what was in the water. >> we have lost helen. i think we just lost helen. can you hear me?
all right. one last question here. as you say, this is a well-trodden path this journey. how much really do passenger ferries on this route run into trouble? >> they don't usually run into trouble. this is a route where there's few troubles. what is difficult is the fact that at mentioned it contains and makes it easier to handle. >> thank you, helen, speaking to us from athens still ahead on al jazeera. we tried to strengthen business ties with china.
passengers and crews. indonesian air force speaks men said the last known location was at sea. two greek fighting ships have been sent to help a ferry on fire in the adriatic carrying 480 passengers from western greece. it was heading towards ancona on the italian coast. >> the n.a.t.o. mission coming to an end after 13 years. 2014 has been the deadliest of the war. more than 4,000 afghan soldiers and police have been killed. >> an egyptian police officer has been killed in a drive-by shooting in alexandria. an egyptian security source says the gunman has opened fire. four others were injured in the attack al jazeera continues to call for the release of our three journalists imprisoned in egypt
for 365 days. peter greste, mohamed fadel fahmy and baher mohamed were falsely accused and convicted of helping the outlawed muslim brotherhood. all three are appealing against their convictions peter and mohammed were sentenced to 7 years prison. badr was given an extra three picked up at a protest 7 years behind bar. it's been said that 200 journalists have been gaoled for doing their job. advocacy group freedom house has more. >> reporter: there are things an objective journalist takes personally. the unjust imprisonment in egypt is a point. some argue that it needs political change rational
analysis. they sit in gaol for doing their jobs. these men are the first to acknowledge that they are among thousands who have fallen victim in an undeclared war. >> as peter so eloquently put it from his prison cell we no longer report from the front line. nowadays we are the front line. and nowhere in the past year has front line been more bloody than in syria where at least 10 journalists were doing their jobs. the most recent victim was al jazeera correspondent. as many as nine reporters were killed in iraq. at least seven dead in ukraine, where a new conflict erupted. in conflicts governments are directly involved. governments that appear to regard journalist as necessary
call otteral damage -- collateral damage in a pursuit of political ends. and thousands that have been imprisoned, they are testament to the fact that in many cases protection. media is law, not mere chance. over the past year the rise of non-nation actors the unelected militant groups that will use any means to secure an identical end. the power of those that seek to shine light on events remains. luke somers' images of the yemeni people in a dramatic transition. bright after he has gone. in the photographs lies a basic truth, no matter how brutal the nature of change there'll be those brave and honest enough to record it
the syrian government says it will try to end the civil war. in response to russia's proposal for dialogue after two rounds of peace talks failed. the syrian government says it is open to competition in moscow. still it's unclear as to who will take part. the head of the opposition syrian national coalition says without some kind of blue print there's little to draw others to the table. russia does not have an initiative. it is calling for a meeting without specific suzs this is the main issue. and it's continuing in the northern provinces of aleppo. air strikes killed more than 50 over the past three days,
including seven children. syrian jets are targetting the islamic state of iraq and levant in the city of al-bad the iraqi army has retaken the town for i.s.i.l. fighters. security forces of shia militias have been involved for two days. security forces have taken two more villages in the nearby town. meanwhile fighting is underway in another down 100 metres north of the capital. the army says some areas of the town live in fear of i.s.i.l. fighters, but they still have a large presence. 2014 draws to a close, al jazeera is ley flecting on the -- reflecting on the year through the eyes of a family in the second part of the series. jane arraf meets a family in
baghdad displaced by recent fighting after more than a decade of chaos in iraq. >> this person has a family of chess players. one of his two sons in the u.s. was an iraqi chess champion. his children from a second marriage are eager to learn. here they have rebuilt their life. he tried to move forward from almost unimagineable matters. 10 years ago his wife five daughters and a son were killed when an american tank opened fire on them at a check point. soldiers thought they were insurgents. his youngest child as nine, the eldest 33. they wrote that they dreamed of a more peaceful world. >> that day he lost his family. now he fears he's losing his
country. alo is from an area where kurdish forces and shia militias pushed back i.s.i.l. rebels paid a high price. his sister was a shop owner. in baghdad she's another of the displaced. >> i lost my entire house. it was refurnished. i had two shots. all the property including everything in this is gone. some of it was burnt, some bombed. now it's been looted. >> for 50 years she and her neighbours lived in peace. >> they still believe in iraq he composes music from mosul all the way to the south of the country. here he has built a small house with his own hands. he says he has forgiven the soldiers that killed his family.
the price for a better iraq. >> we are dreaming to have a democracy system. and only a nation in the world, and they deserved to have this still because they already paid the heavy price. this is a life. >> reporter: he has paid the heaviest price, and tries to teach his children that all men are brothers and tragedy endures. with part of his family he hopes his country will survive and in the third part of our 4-part series we'll meet a family in the gaza strip, struggling to get back on its feet after israel's offensive earlier this year. >> it's been one year since the first victim of the west african ebola outbreak died in guinea.
the virus spread to liberia and sierra leone and in july nigeria confirmed the first ebola patient. a u.s. missionary was flown from liberia to atlanta. cases were confirmed in spain and senegal. >> nigeria, spain and senegal were declared free. number of places in liberia were going down. the disease was still spreading. current ebola outbreak has been the worst ever with 7,500 people. let's speak now to the journalist who recently visited. thank you very much for making it on the show. one year on from the first case. what is your impression of how the people of guinea have been affected by this.
>> what i found is people bereft, hungry. they are angry, suspicious. how did he well this chrisible for the deadly incarnation. but most a sorrowful people i think. >> it's not just the loss of lives. it's also the economy, the livelihood of people that have been affected. >> you could tell it here. the entire village has become indebted because of ebola. people had a community chest. it had the egive lens in dollars. a lot of money where a poor village days. they grow coffee beans. but everybody had been affected.
homes have been - it belonged to families destroyed. when somebody dies in a home with ebola, they disinfect the home. they lose everything your mattress clothing the blanket that keeps you warm and lots of sniffling children children with cruelly bloated stomachs gaunt and as i said bereft people. >> we know too, that before the area was the main health concern, mine ginaans, has that taken a back seat in light of the ebola virus? >> well if you saw the figures - figures would indicate that as much as 40% fewer people are dying of malaria in guinea. that can't possibly be correct.
people who work in the malaria programme acknowledge that they've - it's ground to a halt because of ebola. i spoke to doctors who said "no, we are not going to prick fingers to find out if a child has malaria, it could affect us." no one has been tested for malair yeah and it has not been done for months. it's a country where many were killed. half the people never get to a health center in guinea but according to reports, figures from the center 6,000 died of malaria last year. 14,000 of them children under five, and in comparison ebola's killed 16-00 people in that country. >> thank you so much. getting us up to date. visiting the village, explaining the effects of ebola
thousands of people attended the funeral of new york police officer rafael ramos. he was one of two officers shot and killed while in a patrol car on december 20th. rafael ramos's casket was carried out with police giving him a final suit. both officers has posthumously been promoted to detective. u.s. vice president vice president joe biden paid tribute. >> they were a part of new york's finest. this is probably the finest police department in the world. the finest department in the world. [ clapping ] >>. >> they earned that praise new york police officers turned their blacks when mayor bill de blasio gave the eulogy highlighting anger towards the mayor for his support of protests over the deaths of unarmed black me at the hands of police. officer tured their hands last
week where they visited the hospital where the policeman had been pronounced dead russia's strained relationship with the west over the ukraine crisis is pushing it to closer ties with china. they'll have to put years of mistrust goodnight them if they are to make the most of opportunities. this report from the far east. >> reporter: the first restaurant set up in russia is getting a renovations. these days the chinese business woman commands a local empire of seven eateries and other projects. >> translation: now we feel russia and china have good relations. in the last six months many wanted to invest money in russia. there has been issues. they are studying the market. i told my colleagues there are
many opportunities, it's profitable to invest. >> this is one of the more successful members, deciding the place where money can be made. they haven't had to come far across the river, if the chinese city. the mighty long stretch of the border and apart from a hiatus during the soviet period the two nationalities had been mingling, training and competing. as you might expect relations between the two empires has not always been cordial. in 1900s, chinese poreses shelled, and in retaliation russians forced 4,000 chinese residents into the amula river to drawn. long-held russian fears of an
invasion of chinese across the borders, for the moment it was more myth than reality, allowing temporary travel. crossing the border for business is as myselfy as making a hover craft. there are russians making a life in hay-hay. >> if you look at the every day stuff, renting an apart. is cheaper. food is less. if you want opportunities, there's more here than in russia. china is fast-growing. you need to know what you wish for. >> russia's cosy alliance with china is the recent of an old complex relationship. sometimes friends, sometimes rivals always looking for fresh opportunities. typical neighbours
a new mobile phone could be helping that. >> waiting in line at the clinic when you are eight months pregnant. something that women dread. this person uses the time to learn something new information that could potentially be life saving. using her mobile phone, she sends an s.m.s. to a designated number. in seconds she makes on application. >> welcome to the assessment... >> it's a free government service where she can ask questions and receive valuable information on what to do at any statement of her presidency. >> it's like having a clinic next to you, it's great. many women cannot go to check-ups. there's no transportation or clinics. if i'm worried, i send an s.m.s. >> they have made progress. many are still dying. the department of health calls the application a radical
approach to try to save lives. >> to women living in remote areas, especially those far from the clinics. they do feel that they have got a resource where they can just access information using mobile technology just to talk to - talk through the phone, and they ask information which tells them what to do and when to go to the clinic if there are signs regarding pregnancy women register at the nearest clinic. it's a national project to register one million women. >> this is the nerve center where some of the data is received processed and sent to mobile phones. >> this is it a bazooka. i love it what it is doing is empowering them with the information that they need to have a healthy pregnancy and a
healthy baby. soon to be mum winnie those regular checkouts can youf risks to her and her baby. she also has her mobile fan whenever she needs it. >> time for sport. >> thank you very much. "wild oats xi" won the sydney to hobart yacht race for a record eight times. it held off a challenge from an american yacht. "commanche" 10 nautical miles behind the eighth win, and broke the record of australian yacht "morner" between 1946 and 1960 fernando torres will join ac milan. the news came as a surprise to
many because spanish club atletico madrid hinted that torres was set to rejoin them. >> torres is former club chelsea holding a lead over manchester city with both sides in action in the english premier league. chelsea plays. crystal palace begins without their manager, the first casualty of the english season. warne okay took over four months side. but they are currently in 18th ock took over four months side. but they are currently in 18th . >> west ham play ars mall. >> in melbourne, the visitors lost a couple of early wickets
before there was 261 for the fourth. colies 169 was the third century of the series. ryan harris took four wicket. it is the last wicket of the day as india closed 6 # short of the innings. there has been a history on day three of the second test between south africa and the windies in port elizabeth. the first black african. he was out for 10. they continue to build a strong lead they are 352/7. and a maiden test century. sri lanka reached 293 for five as they followed on in the second after day 3 of the first test. he was eventually dismissed for 152. the tourists trailed by 10 months. the boston celtics slumped to a fourth straight loss.
a main architect of the defeat was one of former players. scoring 17 points. the washington wizards. among them 15-2, four minutes into the opening quarter. they top-scored. the new york rangers won the eighth consecutive n.h.l. game on saturday. derek scored spoiling the debut of the new jersey devils. with four minutes to go lind exist saves for a 19th time in the 600th goal again. rangers winning 3-1 at maddison square guardens. >> another goaltender in pittsburgh the washington capitals stopped 31 from the penguins including this one from sydney crosby. eric scored two goals as the capitals won this 3-6.
that's it. more later berlin is famous for the electronic music of the techknow scene. it is also drawing young classical emissions around. >> reporter: a mozart aria sung by rachel finland. she had some success back home but moved to berlin in summer which is where you go now. there's 10 different classical conferences. so as a performer, the education side of that the learning that i get from seeing the amazing performances every night is huge. >> this is the symphony
orchestra in berlin one of seven in the german capital. there's three full-time operas. if they caught up as a global music capitalist. [ ♪ music ♪ ] public subsidies keep the classical scene in berlin and the rest flourishing. when many slashed spending in the name of austerity. there's a quirk of history. berlin was a divided city - east and west in the cold war, with east and west germany outspending the other. when germany was unified in 1990, the city was unified. there was basically two or
sometimes three, if you look at the opera houses of everything. >> this woman's company promotes the career of the young artists, saying it's an ideal place to grow. it's the study, the higher education, the academies of orchestras and the possibility to find comparatively cheap space to live if you compare to london paris or new york. [ singing ] rachel finland is hoping for a break through at the musician. the german capital is hike the set of new york. if you can make it here you can probably make it anywhere stay with us here there's another full bulletin of news
families fear the worst after an air asia plane is missing over the java sea, with 162 people on board from al jazeera's headquarters in doha also ahead n.a.t.o.'s mission in afghanistan comes to an end. we look at what has changed on the ground. the government pledges more than $100 million to help the victims of devastating floods. plus helping expecting mothers. giving women in